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Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti and Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca announced this week that the provincial Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program (LSHRP) will contribute $11,340 to the Earth Rangers for restoration projects. The Earth Rangers is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing environmental education for children while inspiring them to take action.

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The money will go toward funding the iRestore project, a habitat restoration project involving invasive plant removal, biodiversity restoration, and long-term monitoring of 33 acres of prairie, wetland, and forest habitats that surround the Earth Rangers Centre in the Kortright Conservation Area, in Woodbridge.

Peter Kendall, executive director of Earth Rangers, said this funding will ensure that, “we can continue this important work and see more biodiversity return to this area.”

This money will help the Earth Rangers turn two fields infested with invasive plants into tall grass prairie meadows, with a wetland area. Dr. Scott Taros, science advisor to the Earth Rangers Centre, designed the project and will oversee it.

The LSHRP provides $300,000 per year to community groups for habitat restoration and land stewardship projects. Applicants must match dollar for dollar funding equal to their request.